In addition to making sure you have the correct fitting diaper for your baby, there are other tricks to prevent diaper blowouts.
Check out our latest Time Out for one of Abby's favorite tricks for stopping blowouts in their gussets!
So what's with the snaps and velcro?
There are two basic kinds of cloth diaper covers: snaps and aplix (aka Velcro). Both kinds are made of a material called polyurethane laminate (PUL). It is waterproof to prevent leaks onto clothing, and there are one-size diapers on the market with an adjustable fit that can accommodate your baby as they grow. For a standard one-size diaper cover, there are snaps that adjust the rise of the diaper.
And the poop stays in how?
Prefolds, flat diapers, and skin-safe diaper inserts typically go inside of a PUL diaper cover, but there are absolutely zero rules against simply placing a PUL cover over a disposable diaper! In addition to the absorbency of the diaper, the waterproof layer keeps clothes dry, the gussets keeps those poop explosions at bay, and elastic in the back keeps messes contained as well. If your cover becomes soiled, you can wipe any solids off, wash in the washing machine, and line dry. Line drying is important because PUL can delaminate with excessive heat.
Another fun perk to keeping a diaper cover or two handy is that even if you don't cloth diaper, you can use them for those diaper emergencies when you've run out of diapers but can't make it to the store right away. A cotton kitchen towel will get you through in pinch. Here's what each kind of cover looks like on the baby:
How much does a diaper cover cost? Where do I buy?
Cost for a one-size PUL diaper cover can run anywhere from $5-$20, depending on source, quantity, and quality. If you're Facebook-savvy, there are co-ops and resale groups dedicated to cloth diapers. Cotton Babies is a larger retailer based out of St. Louis, and there's always trusty Amazon. If you like shopping local as much as we do, Over the Moon Diapers is Memphis-run and accepts online orders with an option for local pickup. For clothing that's special to you or to save the hassle of a messy car seat on a long trip, utilizing a diaper cover is a cost-effective (and cute!) way to prevent diaper blowouts.